In the aftermath of Valdosta’s recent water calamity, it might be a good time to ask whether residents of Lowndes County are taking things like plentiful water for granted? Apparently, the Valdosta City Council is already thinking ahead, for on the agenda of their January 20, 2011 meeting, was a “Consideration of an Ordinance to establish standards for outdoor watering for the City of Valdosta.” One wonders if they’re worried about people watering their lawns in the summer? If that’s the case, it’s good that they acknowledge that the South is in the midst of a long-term drought.
Or perhaps I’m giving Council credit where it’s not due?
Perhaps their real concern is having ample water to supply the biomass incinerator? Remember, that incinerator—a health menace with all of its toxic emissions—will need to suck up 800,000 gallons of water daily, including 50,000 gallons of potable water. That’s water that will be used in the interest of a few out-of-town investors seeking to capitalize on dubious tax subsidies, rather than the good people of Valdosta. And may I just remind everyone that 85% of this water will evaporate into the atmosphere? It will not seep back into the ground and recharge our local aquifers.LAKE keeps contact information for local elected officials on its web site. -jsq
Changing climate patterns are the reason that the term “Water Wars” has become the phrase of choice to describe the conflict over water between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. One wonders if we are inviting our own water war between Valdostans and outside investors. Please call your City Council representatives and ask whose side they’re on.
Matthew Richard, Naylor